Alistair MacDonald QC has been appointed as a High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division, with effect from 2 June 2015.
Alistair MacDonald specialises in the law relating to children, concentrating on complex public law cases in the High Court and the appellate courts. He also undertakes judicial review work.
Alistair is an expert on children’s rights and the author of ‘The Rights of the Child – Law and Practice’. This work has been described as 'probably the foremost chronicle of children’s rights in practice' and provides detailed coverage of the international, European and domestic law on children’s rights in a wide range of legal fields including family law, administrative law and public international law.
Alistair is also a contributing author for the Family Court Practice, a member of the Editorial Board of the academic journal Child and Family Law Quarterly and the General Editor of Clarke Hall & Morrison on Children. He is a former Co-Chair of the Association of Lawyers for Children and a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Care Proceedings.